Guest Post by CCA Senior, Katelyn Meenach
My name is Katelyn Meenach and I am a Junior at CCA. Throughout my education, my family has always encouraged me to take school one year at a time, giving me room to attend wherever I choose, and since sixth grade I’ve always chosen to come back to CCA, making this my fifth year here. Going to school has always been something that I have enjoyed, and it’s never been hard for me to succeed, so throughout elementary and middle school part of my parents’ challenge was finding a school that would challenge me academically.
Here at CCA, I have been able to find that challenge I needed. I took my first class, PreCalculus, for college credit last year as a sophomore and I joke that I loved math... until I took precalc. It definitely was one of the first classes where I had to fight to get an A, but I learned how to prioritize my time to study and how rewarding it is to succeed in something that I put a lot of work into. It certainly prepared me for this year, with the addition of the honors program and the three college courses I’m taking.
The honors program has allowed me to dive deeper into the material, write a lot more papers, do some really interesting projects, and push myself academically. While we’re studying the same material as the regular track, my teachers are able to consistently pushed me beyond what I think I’m capable of. Because of that, I have learned the material so much better and will retain it beyond the test.
The dual-credit college courses, in my opinion, is one of the best parts of the academics at CCA. Because of College Composition and Literature, I was able to complete the essay section of the SAT with ease because I had been asked to do the exact same thing on Ms. Sandifer’s midterm the week before. Calculus and PreCalculus are both classes I have come to the end of and been amazed at what I have learned to do mathematically. If, at the beginning of the year, someone had asked me to find the area underneath the curve of a line I would have looked at them like they were crazy, but now I do it all the time in class. Mrs. Downey’s Anatomy and Physiology class is hands-down the hardest class I have ever taken. I cannot begin to describe the hours upon hours I have spent studying the intricate details of the human body just to pass the weekly quizzes. However, I have never enjoyed a class more, and Mrs. Downey’s teaching, the trip to the cadaver lab, and my fascination with the material gives me the desire to pursue Physical Therapy in college. I have yet to take Psychology, but I’m excited to take it next year.
I would definitely recommend the honors track and dual-credit classes to any student who has the desire to take them. They have enriched my high school experience, allowing me to truly learn material rather than just memorizing it for the test and forgetting about it. I have no doubt in my mind that these courses have adequately prepared me for college, and that gives me a lot of peace about the continuation of my education. I think a lot of my success can be attributed to having teachers that see my potential and push me to do the best work I can do, and having advanced classes that line up with that certainly helps. I would encourage students who decide to enroll in the honors track and take the college courses to really get as much out of them as they can. It’s a lot of work, I won’t deny that, but, in the end, I know that I have received a solid education and learned some really great lessons about the value of working hard and putting my best work forward for God. Because, at the end of the day, that’s what’s most important.